SUPPORTING FAMILIES IS A PRIORITY AT MANDALA
We believe that parenting is the most important job in the world—but it is also one of the most challenging. Parents are not alone at Mandala because we work in partnership to nurture and educate their child.
We created our Family Resources Program to offer additional guidance to parents. Our onsite consultation and parent education helps parents to better understand their child’s needs and become more effective parents.
Our program has many extras to help parents with the task of parenting.
Throughout the year, we offer educational workshops for parents. These include open dialogue and sharing. We discuss topics such as Toilet Training, Discipline, How to Set Limits, and What After Mandala? These workshops are available to our parents free of charge and are usually one and a half hours long.
Parents also receive periodic DID YOU KNOW? Family Services Newsletters from our Licensed Clinical Social Worker on topics related to parenting and children’s behavior. To see archived parenting newsletters, view our Parenting Articles page.
“MOM CHAT” DISCUSSION GROUP
We will be offering a facilitated parent support group during morning class time. It is an opportunity to meet with other parents and reflect on your parenting experiences.
ALL SCHOOL NEWSLETTERS
Parents receive a monthly school newsletter with general school and classroom information to keep them informed.
PARENT COACHING & GUIDANCE
We have a licensed clinical social worker on staff to assist parents with questions about discipline and child behavior. Our occupational therapist is also available to offer support in many of these areas. For more information, view the Social Worker page.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY CONSULTATION
We are also fortunate to have a pediatric occupational therapist on staff. She is available to observe and work with children in the classroom, as a consultant to parents, and to offer suggestions for activities to help a child be more successful. She is also available on a fee-for-service basis for additional OT services, such as designing sensory-based home programs and meeting with children individually. For more information, view the Occupational Therapist page.
Need a good book? We have an extensive library of parenting books and resources in the office, available on loan to parents. We also have a variety of themed children’s books discussing sensitive subjects. These are available for parents to read to their child as a way of helping them cope with life challenges, such as death, nightmares, a new baby, special needs, divorce, and the like. We will also guide you through talking with your child about hard things.
RESOURCES & REFERRAL
When parents need additional support services for their child, our occupational therapist and our social worker have a wide network of community resources they can offer. They will assist families in connecting to these services and help them with further assessment if needed.